Archive for December, 2010


Marissa Renee

Marissa Renee is a Singer/Songwriter  from Los Angeles, CA who not only writes great “Pop” songs that you want to hear over and over again…but has the vocal ability to take those songs and turn them into journeys for the listener.

Great things are ahead for Marissa and we predict 2011 as being a great year for her. Marissa already has her songwriting fingerprints on a debut album for Cash Money/Universal Records recording artist, Cymia. Make sure you check out Cymia’s debut single “Kid Nation” here.

Fresh Track: Stop Me

Link: www.myspace.com/marissareneemusic

Contact: lorenisrael@gmail.com

Congratulations to The Head and the Heart on their signing to Sub Pop Records!  Their signing marks our 4th since we launched this site in June 2010.

Check out their original posting on Daily Unsigned here!

 

iSH

iSH is a Hip-Hop Artist that comes to us from Canada…great lyrics, perfect cadence and a distinctive voice…look for great things to come for him in 2011!

Fresh Track: Hustle To Be Free

Link: ishmusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-name-is-ish

Contact: ishmusic.ent@gmail.com

Fairline

Fairline is an Alt/Rock/Pop band from Arizona that has performed with the likes of The Maine, never shout never and He is We. We are big fans of these guys…they write great songs and the vocals have a very broad range.

For fans of The Maine and One Republic

Fresh Track: E-L-Izabeth

Link: www.facebook.com/wearefairline

Contact: ryan@eightyonetwentythree.com / tim@eightyonetwentythree.com

Julia and the Doogans

Julia and the Doogans is an Indie/Folk band that comes to us from Glasgow, Scotland.  Great songs….amazing voice!

Fresh Tracks: Come Home / Borderline

Link: www.juliaandthedoogans.bandcamp.com

Contact: juliaandthedoogans@gmail.co.uk

 

Legacy

Legacy is a Metal/Hardcore band hailing from Toledo, Ohio and it would be safe to assume that these guys are quite a bit angry. What we like about these guys is the “scene” that they are in has been changing a lot over the last 10-12 months and it is refreshing to see  more “game changers”. Like all of the bands that we have featured in the hardcore genre…Legacy brings to the table…aggressive songs with over the top breakdowns, technical guitar playing and get this….singable lyrics and big meaty choruses!

Fresh Track: Vices

Link: www.facebook.com/legacyoh

Contact: LegacyOH@gmail.com

Dojo Workhorse

Dojo Workhorse comes to us from Canada and they are one of those cool bands that we could sit for hours listening to. Their songs are filled with big choruses, very sticky hooks and amazingly distinctive vocals. These guys have taken all of the elements that you like from Indie, Folk, Pop and Soul music and combines them so subtly.

Fresh Track: The Universe

Link: www.myspace.com/dojoworkhorse

Contact: istillbelieveinrock@gmail.com

Quietdrive has been moving almost non-stop since they first formed in 2002. We caught up with them recently before they again headed out on tour and had a chance  to get some insight on the inner workings of their band, the amazing relationship they have with their fans and the career path that led them to where they are today.

Interview:

Daily Unsigned: You guys formed the band in 2002…can you talk about the obstacle course in your career path that you have had to encounter and how that has affected your “big picture” goal?

Quietdrive: Well, we definitely have had a number of “obstacles”.  But, what band hasn’t? Through it all, we don’t think it’s really affected the big picture itself. Our band’s number one goal has been and will always be to create and distribute music to our fans. So going from a major label, to an independent label, to releasing our music on our own has definitely affected the way in which we go about attaining and achieving our goals, but hasn’t affected our over all goal.

Daily Unsigned:  We understand that you guys have another CD coming out on 12/14….can you talk about the writing and recording process that you endured?  How long it did it take you to write and record?  Where did you pull your inspiration to write it from?  Is there a particular theme or direction that you went with?

Quietdrive: Yeah, our self-titled full-length will be in Best Buy Stores across the country and on iTunes…Tuesday, December 14th (shamless plug : ) haha). But, the writing process started around May. We rented out a little practice space in our hometown of Minneapolis and just started writing. We hit the studio in June/July and the record was finished a month or two after that. Kevin, is our primary writer, but when we’re writing… inspiration comes from a variety of factors. Feelings, emotions, stories, friends, family, etc. it goes on. Basically, when we write a song, we try to tell a story, and if a song can convey a good story then you’ve got something special. As for themes in the record? I would say there aren’t any, but I would say that this record has a more mature sound to it. Wow, that was a long one.

Daily Unsigned:  Our staff have been fans of your band for many years and from our vantage point, it appears like your band has toured almost non-stop for almost 6 years now…with such a stressful touring schedule..how difficult has it been to have a personal life? How do you keep your relationships at home joyful while you are gone  for so many weeks and months at a time?

Quietdrive: Well first of all, that’s awesome that you guys are fans! But, yeah touring in any band can be a very stressful thing. And  it’s different for every band and every individual band member. Some guys can handle it very well, while others have trouble finding a balance. I think one thing that we’re grateful for is the amount of technology that allows us to communicate with our friends and family. I mean you’ve got cell phones where you can video conference, Skype is a big help, and you’ve got Facebook and Twitter two sites that basically let you experience someone’s life from afar (I just read that last sentence and realized how creepy that sounds, but it’s Facebook, so that sounds about right).

Daily Unsigned: We look at your band as a role-model for many of the bands out there trying to “Make It” in the music industry…what advice can you give them that has helped you?

Quietdrive: First of all, I think it’s important to talk about and define “Making It”. For some people… it’s the whole 9 yards of a label, big tour bus, world tours, Cristal flowing, maybe a drug addiction at one point, and then a behind the music.  And there is nothing wrong with that (maybe minus the drug addiction part), but you can still “Make It” or make a living in music without all that stuff. There are varying degrees of success in everything. Have good communication within your group. Make sure that you all have the same goals and that you’re all willing to work harder than you’ve ever worked in your life. Things don’t happen overnight, more so now than ever before. But, if you work hard and you want it bad enough, you’re bound to see success.

Daily Unsigned: Can you describe the relationship that you guys have with your fans? Can you share a moment or experience you had with a fan that left a long and lasting impression with you?

Quietdrive: We have a very strong connection with our fans. Without them, we’d just be five dudes. Just recently we had a group of fans help us pass out 4,000 free cds to concert goers attending the annual Jingle Ball. And for those of you not in Minneapolis, it is/was cold. I think it was like -10 or something? These fans helped and braved the beyond freezing cold for a few hours just to help spread the word for us. Truly amazing people. Thank you!

Daily Unsigned: Have you ever felt like throwing in the towel and giving up? What has kept you going?

Quietdrive: While there have been some rough points in our past we’ve been fortunate to all still have this unrelenting drive to keep pushing. I think we all just have such a huge passion for music that we can’t stop, even if we wanted to. That, and we’re five pretty good friends.

Daily Unsigned: What type of guitars and equipment do you guys play and use?

Quietdrive: JB plays on PRS McCarty through a New Vintage Amplifier and a googleplex of pedals. Will plays a modded Fender Telecaster through a Koch Amplifier.

Daily Unsigned: What are 3 things you cannot live without on the road?

Quietdrive: Gatorade G2. A hard drive with movies and tv shows. Our Minnesota Vikings blanket….it provides warmth and is the perfect padding when propping up a laptop for a van movie.

Daily Unsigned: What’s the key to success in music as you see it through your eyes?

Quietdrive: Being able to create, perform, and distribute music with people you love, for people you love, your fans.

Daily Unsigned: What social media outlet do you guys use the most to stay connected with your fans and why?

Quietdrive: We use Facebook and Twitter primarily, but we also use Formspring and a few others. Facebook is probably our primary outlet, and I think that is because it’s just the most established, our fans have had their own profiles on the network for a long time, and it’s so versatile and easy when it comes to posting.

To purchase their new album or to find out more about Quietdrive, please visit them at www.QuietdriveMusic.com

Enjoy their new music video!

The Nova Echo

The Nova Echo is a Space-Age/Rock/Pop band hailing from Asheville, North Carolina….there aren’t any bands out there that we know of that are making the kind of music they are right now…their songs will definitely take you on a journey!

Fresh Track: Ragnarok

Link: www.facebook.com/thenovaecho

Contact: info@thenovaecho.net

 

 

Jessie and the Toy Boys

Jessie and the Toy Boys is Pop/Dance sensation coming to us from Southern California. Jessie has a distinctive voice and has no problem with provocative songwriting and does it sarcastically. Jessie has immense talent and we see 2011 as being a good year for her.

Fresh Track: Like You Better

Links: www.jessieandthetoyboys.com/

Contact: jsousa@prospectpk.com

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